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by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Formica workers that grow with colony size?
Replies: 7
Views: 67

Re: Formica workers that grow with colony size?

I would want to be sure they aren't Camponotus , since Formica argentea is monomorphic. Camponotus are not polygynous, yet the colonies that I have found commonly have multiple queens. So I'm almost 100% sure that they are Formica. Are there any other Formica species that are polymorphic and look l...
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Formica sp
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: Formica sp

I would say Formica rufa, based on what I can see from the shape of the petiolar crest. When you're struggling to get host brood, I find it's easiest to place a flat rock (e.g. slate) snugly over the nest entrance of a Formica colony that isn't covered with grass. The ants will begin moving brood un...
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant identification
Replies: 3
Views: 24

Re: Queen ant identification

Congrats! and welcome! :D
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant identification
Replies: 3
Views: 24

Re: Queen ant identification

Forelius pruinosus. Thanks for adding a measurement! They are important for every ID and part of the rules for posting an ID request. In this case, 6mm helps to distinguish this queen from the ~9mm Dorymyrmex.

Also, please only post a request once. Duplicate threads just make a mess.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Help identifying two queens.
Replies: 5
Views: 35

Re: Help identifying two queens.

Two Camponotus chromaiodes queens.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Keeping Formica Rufa or Sanguinea
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Keeping Formica Rufa or Sanguinea

Formica rufibarbis is from the fusca group, if this is regarding that queen. But, to answer your question, Formica social parasites need just the pupae of other Formica species, and most of them become independent after that first time.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant identification
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: Queen ant identification

Don't forget your measurement in millimeters.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Help identifying two queens.
Replies: 5
Views: 35

Re: Help identifying two queens.

You need to add a location as well.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen Identification
Replies: 4
Views: 28

Re: Queen Identification

Formica rufibarbis.

Sometimes queens leave their nest because of a disturbance or being ejected by other queens. I have seen Formica dealates way outside of their nuptial schedule.